3 Simple Ways To Start Making Money Online
It seems that people are constantly in search of ways to make money from home so that they don’t have to participate in the traditional nine to five/Monday-Friday work week. There are also stay at home moms and dads, college students, and people with part-time jobs who are looking for ways to bring in some extra cash. Thankfully, the internet has proven to be a great source for making money. Making money online is quickly becoming a popular way for people to make a living or earn a little ‘bonus’ money! I have three easy ways to get started making money online. These are not the only ways to make money online, but they are a great place to start and do not require any previously learned/validated skills to qualify for a position.
There are a ton of sites online that boast the opportunity to take a few short surveys and earn some cold hard cash. I have used many of these survey sites. Some of the sites are worth your time and some are most definitely not. A few of my favorite survey sites to use are Harris Poll Online, Swag Bucks, Opinion Outpost and InBox Dollars. I’ve found that these sites actually give you the compensation that is equal to the time you put in taking the surveys. Taking online surveys is not usually something that you will able to completely support yourself while doing, but it is a great way to make some extra cash. I often use the money I make from these sites to pay for my daily coffee addiction! Check out how Opinion Outpost works below.
2. Mystery Shopping
Conducting mystery shops for fast food restaurants, retail locations, and many other different types of business is a great way to make money. While the actual act of mystery shopping is not conducted online, all reporting and payment for your services are processed online. So, if you plan to be out and about shopping or eating – why not earn some money while you do it? Just remember to thoroughly research the mystery shop site you choose to work with. You should never have to pay any money upfront, and you should look for mystery shop sites that are well known and have good reviews online.
Here are a few of my top Mystery Shopping sites to sign up for:
3. Start a Blog
Do you like to write? Do you want to share your talents with the world? Well starting a blog is a great platform to begin your writing career, or you can use it to promote and sell a particular product or service that you can offer. Earning money from having a blog is not an avenue that will usually show you quick profits. However, if you put in a little time coming up with some great content, finding the niche you are most comfortable in, and working hard to promote your blog through social media – you will start to see a return on your investment.
Most people make money from their blog through ad sales (from visitors clicking on the ads in the headers and sidebars) or through affiliate links. Not only do you have the opportunity to make money through ad sales and affiliate links, you could also make money by writing guest posts for other blogs. As you grow your readership and increase page views the amount of money you bring in and the opportunity for partnering with other companies in exchange for free products will increase as well!
Here are the 5 practical steps to starting your first blog:
- Find a domain name. One of the easiest places to find your domain name is at godaddy.com.
- Choose where you want to host your site. For beginners I recommend Hostgator and for users how bring in 200,000 or more monthly visitors I highly recommend Kinsta.
- Install the blog. You will install it on your new hosting account under the domain name your purchased. You can choose form platforms like WordPress or Blogger.
- Design your blog. This may work for you if you know html/css PHP. If your not a coder… Just find a template from various sources. Here is my favorite blog theme company.
- Add content to your Blog! Blogs tend to work the best when they are unique and stay in a specific niche. For example, this blog is about personal finances and side hustles. You’ll notice I don’t talk about sports or food here.
There really are countless ways that you can make money online, but these three are probably the most common and easiest ways to get started earning some extra money online! As you get more comfortable scouting out legitimate ways to make money online through starting with these three opportunities, you will most likely discover so many other ways as well!